#863 Georgia State +1 over Louisiana-Lafayette 8:00 PM CT
Louisiana has dropped three in a row with an eye-popping 303 points allowed as this has been one of the nation’s worst defensive teams, unable to hold up to balance the up-tempo offense for the Ragin’ Cajuns. Louisiana lost by 13 on the road in this matchup and Georgia State is one of three teams currently tied for the Sun Belt lead. Facing Louisiana should provide a boost for the Georgia State offense with D’Marcus Simonds the top player in the league and the Panthers rated as one of the top defensive teams in the conference.
Coming off a shocking loss Wednesday at Louisiana-Monroe should leave a motivated squad for this road test with the Panthers posting seven road or neutral site wins this season. Georgia State has defeated Georgia and Alabama away from home this season while winning at UT Arlington and at Texas State for quality road wins in league play.
The key in this game will be 3-point shooting between a pair of teams that take a lot of long range shots. Georgia State has featured the best Sun Belt defense beyond the arc allowing below 29 percent while in contrast Louisiana has allowed nearly 41 percent from 3-point range. A Georgia State squad that gets over 45 percent of its points from the 3-point line and is hitting over 39 percent on 3-point shots could have a huge day in a high possession game with the Ragin’ Cajuns.
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